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Louis C.K. Offers Another Take on Public Education

Comedian Louis C.K. has been featured in <i>Education Week</i> lately for his comments on education policy, but he's also got a fantastic TV show, "Louie," a …

Stop and Reverse the Disappearing of Black and Latino Educators in NYC

<b>Please come to this important event and distribute the flyer below:</b><p>Testimonials from those pushed out and shut out<br>• An update on Gulino vs BOE (lawsuit …

Police Union Uses Video of Black Toddler to Attack "The Thug Cycle"

A "terrible cycle of violence and thuggery" is ravaging Omaha, Nebraska, according to the Omaha Police Officers Association. What <i>is</i> a thug, though? …

Common Core aka NCLB: Why Neither Can Work

The newest buzzwords in education seem to be Common Core Standards. In fact, 45 of the 50 states in the USA, along with the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and four U.S. territories, recently adopted the Common Core Standards for educational achievement. The …

Education

Student Performs Breathtaking Tribute to Her Teacher

Lew Hubbard taught art at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois. He was undoubtedly influential to all of his students, but one in particular -- Maddy Lopez -- was inspired to create great art through his guidance.<p>Lopez was helping her sister move into her dorm room when she received a …

Student Athletes

Another Surprising School

After visiting dozens of high-performing schools that serve significant populations of students living in poverty and students of color (I call them "It's Being Done schools") I have come to expect certain things:<p>Teachers who are happy to be where they are, doing what they're doing, and who can …

A Few Tools That Make It Easy To Analyze Your Writing

One of the traps that many student writers fall into is overusing favorite phrases and adjectives. I've edited and graded enough essays over the …

Public Threat, Private Gain: How Scare Tactics Steer Education Policy to Benefit Corporate Interests

<i>All innovative, creative systems are...divergent.</i> —Gregory Bateson<p>In the fall of 2006, a special commission appointed by the U. S. Secretary of …

Data-driven Instruction or Educator Insanity?

As an educator, I have attended countless staff meetings, collaborations, and in-service sessions focused on data. In theory, data dialogues and data driven instruction are as integral a part of school today as recess and rulers. The reality, however, is that most educators, myself included, still …

Pedagogy

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Bullying Prevention Programs May Have Negative Impact: Study

As schools enact anti-bullying programs for National Bullying Prevention Month this October, a new study suggests that those efforts may not be as effective as intended.<p>Released in September by the University of Texas in Arlington, the study found that unintended consequences may result from …

We Asked Teachers What Their School Districts Do To Help Them De-Stress, Got Really Sad Answers

Teachers are stressed out. But they're not getting much help from their districts.<p>According to a recent survey published by Metlife, stress levels among American teachers have increased sharply, and job satisfaction has dwindled to its lowest level in 25 years. Amid the strains of low wages, …

What poor children need in school

Yesterday I wrote a post about how public education’s biggest problem — poverty — keeps getting worse, with the news from a new report that a majority of students in public schools in the American South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades. Here’s a related piece …

Study: D.C.’s teacher evaluation system affects workforce

Rewards and punishments embedded in the District’s controversial teacher evaluation program have shaped the school system’s workforce, affecting both retention and performance, according to a study scheduled for release Thursday.<p>Hundreds of teachers have been fired for poor performance since the …

A teacher’s troubling account of giving a 106-question standardized test to 11 year olds

Here’s a detailed account from a teacher about the troubling experience she had giving her middle-school class of 11-year-old students a standardized reading diagnostic test, with both oral and written questions.<p>This appeared on Jessie B. Ramey‘s Yinzercation blog. She teaches women’s studies and …

My fundamental objections to charter schools

I’ve always been a critic of blanket generalizations that fuel debates about education (public schools are failing, students are ill-prepared when …

Common Core Tests Widen Achievement Gaps

According to an exclusive report in the <i>New York Daily News</i>, the Common Core testing widened the achievement gaps between high-needs students and …

Are Teachers to Blame for Achievement Gap Between Black and White Students?

Joy Resmovits, the education reporter for Huffington Post, is usually a sharp and thoughtful reporter, but she had a bad day today.<p>Today she posted …

Chicago Public Schools: Not Just Heartbreaking, Actually Broken

Back in the good old days, when the big Chicago Public Schools fight was about increasing the length of the school day, the largely middle class parents who opposed the change -- <i>How will we find the time for horseback riding lessons?</i> -- were genuinely shocked by the stony indifference with which …

Education

Drop Out or Opt Out? Let's Not Cop Out

There is an epidemic in my city and probably yours too -- and I'm not too sure that the common core or any other standards are going to help: there are too many children out of school not doing much.<p>Perhaps it has always been this way and perhaps it just didn't used to be as noticeable.<p>More than 30 …

Education

Pelto: Charter Chain Lies About College-going Rate

One of the disturbing behaviors of charter chains is their boasting. All too often, when someone looks past the press release, they find data games, …

Teacher Resignation Video: Ellie Rubenstein Explains 'Everything I Love About Teaching Is Extinct'

Ellie Rubenstein has had enough.<p>Upon learning that she would be involuntarily transferred to another Illinois school, the former fourth-grade teacher submitted her resignation in the form of a video.<p>In the 10-minute spoken resignation, posted on Youtube Tuesday under the username …

Hidden power of teacher awards

I used to think student test score gains were a good way to rate teachers. I don’t think that any more. Grading individual teachers with scores is too approximate, too erratic and too destructive of the team spirit that makes great schools. Rating schools, rather than teachers, by test score gains …

Cursive handwriting is disappearing from public schools

There is a decline in cursive instruction in D.C. area schools. One of the last bastions is Catholic school education.<p>There is a decline in cursive instruction in D.C. area schools. One of the last bastions is Catholic school education.<p>The curlicue letters of cursive handwriting, once considered a …

How to Get a Black Woman Fired

The Internet has had lots of opinions about Adria Richards, the black technologist who was fired for tweeting a photo of two white male colleagues …